Thank You!

Thanks to all who contributed to our work in the Tabernacle this summer, whether through financial contributions, steadfast prayers, or service as readers, greeters, and ushers. Thanks to all of the preachers and musicians who helped us explore our season theme as we continued to grow in our relationship with God.

The Religious Activities and Tabernacle Committee continues to practice proactive and wise leadership. Every member of the committee has been a joy to work with! This year, our committee members included: Rev. Joanne Hartunian (Chair), Sally Buffington, Lisa Brown, Barbara Gates, Myra Gooding, Nancy Hansen, Ginny Henderson, Roger Hansen, Linda McKinney, and Lee Williams.

We would also like to thank:

  • The ordained ministers of our Tabernacle community who helped fill in gaps on a week-to-week basis by offering presiding prayers for services and programs (often at the last minute) and contributing wisdom and insight throughout the season: Rev. Joanne Hartunian, Rev. Eric Henderson, and Rev. Dr. Bill McKinney.
  • Ginny Henderson, who served as our organist for half the summer and helped make our services more cohesive during worship planning.
  • Our Tabernacle facilities subcommittee, led energetically by Myra Gooding, which made substantial progress on building improvements and made our bench morning a success.
  • Nancy Vester and Myra Gooding for beautiful flower arrangements.
  • The Hansens and the Goodings, who regularly lent their cars for Tabernacle business.
  • Jim Lane and Cathy Carpenter, who orchestrated deposits of our offerings and helped with all sorts of administrative details.
  • Fran Lahey, Lee Williams, Julie Pinto, and Kendra Henderson, who provided logistical and musical leadership for our Catholic Masses.
  • Cynthia and John Diggs and the kitchen staff for preparing delicious cookies, coffee, and refreshments for coffee hour.

Of course, this list is quite incomplete. There are so many other volunteers who deserve our gratitude. The Tabernacle is successful because of the love and dedication of the entire community.

Jesus after the Resurrection: Sunday, August 20 at 9:45am

The Road to Emmaus. He Qi.

This Sunday, we’re doing something a little different. Our friends from Lighthouse of Faith in Christ Jesus Church in Brockton, MA will join us for a service focusing on the appearances of Jesus after the resurrection. In lieu of a sermon, we will respond to readings from the Gospels with creative reflections: songs from the Voices of Faith choir, a dance of praise from Elisabeth Dorsey and Carla Ribeiro, and a short message from Tabernacle chaplain Kate McKey-Dunar. Through these expressions and our common prayer, we will seek to live more fully into the redeemed and resurrected life offered to us by our savior.

We hope you’ll join us!

Seek Simplicity: Sunday, August 13 at 9:45am

We have a tendency to make our lives more complicated than they need to be. We accumulate unnecessary things or give in to distraction. On Sunday, we’ll hear a message about how to simplify so that we can focus on God’s call to love, justice, and service in our lives. Rev. Zach Kerzee will preach a sermon titled “Seek Simplicity” based on the story of Jesus walking on water (Matthew 14:22-33). Zach currently serves as the pastor of Simple Church, Grafton, a farm to table dinner church in Grafton, Massachusetts. He leads an exciting ministry and delivers a compelling message.

We will also welcome musician Catherine Joy Parke, granddaughter of Avis Parke and member of two Boston-area bands, Boketto the Wolf and The Western Den. Rev. Dr. Dianne Carpenter will lead us on the organ as we sing “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” and “Amazing Grace.”

Welcome the Stranger: Sunday, August 6 at 9:45am

One of the consistent themes of the Old Testament is the call to hospitality and the importance of welcoming the stranger. Moses teaches the Israelites the following about the essence of the Law: For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Deuteronomy 10:17-19).

This Sunday, Rev. Christopher Whiteman, Chaplain of Groton School, will offer a reflection on this scripture passage. Local musicians Elton Kam and Cheryl Cochran will play two stirring sacred songs. Ginny Henderson will accompany us on the organ as we join our voices in singing classic hymns. Join us for worship, wisdom, and song!

Dinner Church with Communion: Friday, August 4 at 6pm

In the early years of the church, worship often took place during community meals. The disciples broke bread, shared prayers of joy and concern, and sang hymns around a common table. In recent years, people of faith throughout the country have sought to restore this ancient form of worship. Some active dinner church communities in the Northeast include St. Lydia’s in Brooklyn, NY, Table on the Green in New Haven, CT, and Simple Church in Grafton, MA.

On Friday, August 4 at 6pm, we will gather in the Tabernacle for a dinner church service with communion. In the spirit of potluck, bring a simple vegetarian dish to share. Also, bring a friend!

Sing, Choir of Angels: Sunday, July 30 at 9:45am

Every year, the MACUCC Adult Music Camp gathers in Craigville to enjoy a long weekend of making beautiful music. This Sunday, they will join us for worship and share their music. Rev. Linda Michel, recently retired pastor of First Congregational Church in Princeton MA and co-dean of Music Camp, will preach a sermon titled “Family Circle.” Music Camp organist Kathy Marks will accompany our congregational singing. It will be a morning of offering music to God, the most Masterful Musician of all.

Listen to Edward Dunar’s Sermon

This last Sunday was Creation Sunday at the Tabernacle. We sang songs giving praise to the world around us, prayed for God’s gift of plants and animals, and the children even went into nature to learn about why we need to care for the earth. Edward Dunar, our Worship Coordinator and Theologian in Residence, gave a wonderful sermon on the need for prayer in responding to the world around us. Take a moment to listen to his words and give thanks for the beautiful creation we live in.

Creation Sunday: July 23 at 9:45am

One of the values at the heart of our community is a commitment to taking care of our corner of God’s creation, which teems with life and overflows with beauty. As we gather for worship this Sunday, we will thank God for these blessings, revel in the ways in which creation reflects the glory of our Creator, and recommit ourselves to taking care of the gifts of the natural world.

Our Theologian in Residence, Edward Dunar, will make his Tabernacle preaching debut with a sermon about the visions of paradise in Isaiah 11:6-9 and the recognition that creation is “groaning with labor pains” in Romans 8:22-25. Ginny Henderson will accompany us on the organ as we sing favorite hymns such as “Morning Has Broken,” “For the Beauty of the Earth,” and “This is My Song.”

At the end of the service, we will join together in a special blessing for our place of grace by the sea. Bring a piece of nature with you to add to a Table of Creation. You might bring a seashell, a stone, a flower, or a pine cone—anything that reminds you of God’s creation in this place.

We hope to see you there!